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Rare Book Hub: 25 Auctions Archived, another 50 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Friday, 15 November, 25 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 8 denominated in euros, 1 in British pounds, and 16 in US dollars.  Turnover was $8,057,873 as 8,104 lots were offered and 6,195 sold for a 76% success rate.  The market is moving ahead inspite of the impeachment hearings but it feels sluggish.  At such times the experienced know to stay the course and often win big.

  

1 auction saw total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

SothebysTravel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 12th: $3,384,335



2 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered: 

Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 5th: 262.88% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 4th: 152.34% 


11 auctions saw at least 80% of their lots sell: 

Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/13 on November 10th: 100.00% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 5th: 100.00% 
Heritage AuctionsWorld Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 99.16% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/3 on November 10th: 99.14% 
Heritage AuctionsU.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 11/12 on November 12th: 98.05% 
Heritage AuctionsSunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/3 on November 10th: 95.81% 
Brunk AuctionsPremier Auction - Books, Prints on November 9th: 92.98% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 4th: 92.86% 
Rago Arts and AuctionsPost War and Contemporary Art - Prints on November 8th: 87.38% 
Catawiki B. V.Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 11/1 on November 8th: 83.22% 
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare BooksFine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on November 9th: 82.50% 

 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Sothebys PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTION DESCRIPTION DE L'ÉGYPTE Description de l'Égypte, ou recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française, publié par les orders de Sa Majesté l'Emp on November 12th Actual price: USD $604,814.
  2. Sothebys Hortus nitidissimis omnen per annum superbiens floribus, sive amoenissimorum florum imagines"¦ In publicum edidit Iohannes Michael Seligmann. on November 12th Actual price: USD $136,436.
  3. Sothebys TIBET - A glimpse of Tibet. 96 photographs taken for the 1937 Italian Expedition by Fosco Maraini with an introductory note by Giuseppe Tucci of the Royal Academy of Italy, leader of the expedition. on November 12th Actual price: USD $120,385.
  4. Sothebys Atlas ou Colom Ardante demonstrant toutes les costes de la Grand Mer, de tout l'Univers jusqu'a present Congnus Fort utile a tous Pilotes, Marchands, & Amateurs de la Navigation Nouvellement Mis en Lumiere. on November 12th Actual price: USD $120,385.
  5. Sothebys Plantarum rariorum horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis descriptiones et icones. on November 12th Actual price: USD $120,385.
  6. Sothebys Les voyages de la Novvelle France occidentale, dite Canada. on November 12th Actual price: USD $112,359.
  7. Sothebys A collection of watercolours and drawings to illustrate Expédition scientifique de Morée. Section des sciences physiques, 1832-1836 on November 12th Actual price: USD $96,308.
  8. Sothebys [Views in the Ionian Islands]. on November 12th Actual price: USD $88,282.
  9. Sothebys Klaer-lichtende noort-star ofte Zee-atlas; waer in vertoont wordt, De gelegentheydt van alle de zee-kusten des geheelen aerdtbodems. on November 12th Actual price: USD $88,282.
  10. Sothebys Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe"¦ en deux parties"¦ troisieme edition, revue, corrigée, & considérablement augmentée"¦ A laquelle en a joint une troisieme partie qui traite des plus belles fleurs. on November 12th Actual price: USD $88,282.
  11. Sothebys UNITED ARAB EMIRATES A collection of over two hundred historic photographs, on November 12th Actual price: USD $72,231.
  12. Sothebys Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou collection de portraits, de vues et de costumes grecs et ottomans, peints sur les lieux, d'après nature. on November 12th Actual price: USD $60,995.
  13. Rago Arts and Auctions Gretchen, 1984 on November 8th Actual price: USD $56,250.
  14. Sothebys ARABIA Map of the Red Sea and Nejd. on November 12th Actual price: USD $56,180.
  15. Sothebys Traité de Fauconnerie. on November 12th Actual price: USD $48,154.
  16. Rago Arts and Auctions Edmund, 1985 on November 8th Actual price: USD $47,500.
  17. Sothebys PROPERTY FROM THE GARRETT COLLECTION CHINESE PAINTINGS - YOUQUA An album of fifty paintings, on November 12th Actual price: USD $44,944.
  18. Sothebys PERSIAN GULF - ROYAL AIR FORCE A collection of fourteen photographs, on November 12th Actual price: USD $44,944.
  19. Sothebys The Birds of Great-Britain with their eggs. on November 12th Actual price: USD $41,733.
  20. Sothebys Wondertooneel der Nature. on November 12th Actual price: USD $38,523.
  21. Kestenbaum and Company An extraordinary collection of c. 600 works of art and related items by Hermann Struck. on November 7th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  22. Rago Arts and Auctions Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior, 1992 on November 8th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  23. Rago Arts and Auctions Second Roebling #2, 1974 on November 8th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  24. Sothebys CANADA Album of topographical drawings and watercolours of Toronto, Guelph and Lake Simcoe, with maps, sketches, and ephemera, September 1854 to July 1856. on November 12th Actual price: USD $35,313.
  25. Sothebys Complete set of first editions of the voyages, comprising: First Voyage - John Hawkesworth. An Account of the Voyages by the order of his present Majesty for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Ca on November 12th Actual price: USD $35,313.

 


25 total sales reported this week:

Swann Galleries. Rare and Important Travel Posters on November 14th: 74.24%
Sothebys. Photographs - Online bidstart 11/6 on November 14th: 60.00%
Christies. Modern Editions - Online bidstart 11/6 on November 13th: 76.09%
Sothebys. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on November 12th: 76.18%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on November 12th: 78.75%
Kestenbaum and Company. Judaica on November 7th: 54.29%
Rago Arts and Auctions. American and European Fine Art - Prints on November 9th: 77.78%
Brunk Auctions. Premier Auction - Books, Prints on November 9th: 92.98%
Michaans Auctions. Gallery Auction - Books, Prints, Photographs on November 9th: 64.29%
Aspire Auctions. Fine Art - Prints - Online bidstart 10/25 on November 2nd: 77.59%
Aste Bolaffi. 20th Century Art - Prints on November 6th: 58.56%
Zisska and Lacher. Books on November 9th: 62.34%
Heritage Auctions. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 11/5 on November 12th: 99.16%
Heritage Auctions. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 11/12 on November 12th: 98.05%
Kedem Auctions Ltd.. Online Auction: Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters and Objects on November 5th: 72.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1800) - Internet bidstart 11/1 on November 8th: 83.22%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 5th: 100.00%
Catawiki B. V.. Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 4th: 92.86%
Catawiki B. V.. Autographs and Manuscripts - Internet bidstart 10/25 on November 3rd: 78.26%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/13 on November 10th: 100.00%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/3 on November 10th: 95.81%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/3 on November 10th: 99.14%
RR Auction. Sports - Internet Bidstart 10/18 on November 6th: 59.12%
Rago Arts and Auctions. Post War and Contemporary Art - Prints on November 8th: 87.38%
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper on November 9th: 82.50%

 


For the week ahead 50 sales are scheduled:

Mon. Nov. 18th
Sothebys. Paris. Library of Jean-Francois Chopin. 284 lots
Sothebys. Paris. Artists and Bindings: Books and Manuscripts. 47 lots
Winter Associates. Plainville, CT . Prints. 33 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1700) - Internet bidstart 11/8. 57 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 67 lots
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Aristophil 26 • History; Pages of History.
Aguttes. Neuilly-sur-Seine . Aristophil - 22 • BRITANNICA-AMERICANA.

Tue. Nov. 19th
Doyle New York. New York. Fine Modern Art - Prints. 32 lots
Artcurial. Paris. French Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 266 lots
Jacksons Auction. Cedar Falls, Iowa . Important American and European Fine Art and Antiques. 31 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. World Currency Weekly - Internet bidstart 11/12. 194 lots
Sothebys. London. The Cottesloe Military Library. 471 lots
Potomack Company. Alexandria. Online Auction - Books, Prints. 117 lots
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals. Chadds Ford, PA . Fine and Decorative Arts - Prints, Books, etc.. 12 lots
Catawiki B. V.. LA Assen, . Old and Rare Books (Pre-1600) - Internet bidstart 11/8. 17 lots
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. U.S. Currency Weekly - Internet Bidstart 11/12. 695 lots
Alexander Historical Auctions. Chesapeake City. Fall Auction.

Wed. Nov. 20th
Christies. Paris. Comic Strips. 319 lots
Chiswick Auctions. London. Books and Works on Paper. 304 lots
Morphy Auctions. Denver. Coin-Op and Advertising - Signs, Posters and Prints. 456 lots
ALDE. Paris. Hunting Books. 318 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Forum Auctions@Artsy: Urban Jungle. 60 lots
Sothebys. New York. Sacred Splendor: Books and Manuscripts. 218 lots
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Trading cards, Prints, Books. 125 lots
De Baecque and Associes. Lyon. Books and Prints.

Thu. Nov. 21st
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Comics. 2309 lots
PBA Galleries. San Francisco. Rare Books and Manuscripts, with Miniature Books. 338 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. 552 lots
RR Auction. Amherst. Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 11/8. 399 lots
Eldreds. East Dennis,. Fall Marine Sale - Prints. 38 lots
Soler Y Llach. Barcelona. Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Collectibles. 665 lots
Ader. PARIS. Aristophil Collections - History - Around the French Academy.
Alaska Auction. Anchorage. Trading cards, Prints, Books. 60 lots
Tessier & Sarrou and Associates. Paris. Manuscripts of Alexandre Kolchak.
Skinner. Marlborough. Country Americana - Signs and Prints. 8 lots

Fri. Nov. 22nd
Eldreds. East Dennis,. The Fall Sale. 59 lots

Sat. Nov. 23rd
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Movie Posters. 885 lots
Neal Auction Company. New Orleans. Louisiana Purchase Auction. 117 lots
Artcurial. Paris. Comic Strips. 322 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Anniversary Sale - Part 1 : Modern Art · Photography · Applied Arts. 300 lots
Marc van de Wiele Auctions. Brugge. Rare Books. 723 lots
Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books. Franklin. Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper. 200 lots
Addison and Sarova. Macon. Rare Books. 266 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Anniversary Sale - Part 2 : Private Press Books from The Bear Press, Burgart Presse, Kaldewey Press,. 223 lots
Christian Hesse Auktionen. Hamburg. Anniversary Sale - Part 3 : Books from the 16th to 20th Century. 371 lots
Leland Little Auctions. Hillsborough, NC. Holiday Sale - Books, Prints. 46 lots
Stephan Welz & Co.. Constantia. Books, Fine Art Prints.

Sun. Nov. 24th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 11/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 11/17.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles - Internet bidstart 10/27. 120 lots

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.